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Pesky Squirrel Stashes Staggering Amount of Walnuts Where You Least Expect It

In a battle between man and squirrel, the squirrel is winning.

A red squirrel keeps filling a North Dakota pickup truck with walnuts in order to prep for winter.

Bill Fischer, an insurance agent from Fargo, said he has been trying to stop the pesky squirrel from filling his car with nuts for eight years — without success.

Last month, the squirrel set a new record: Fischer found and removed 348 pounds of walnuts from his truck.

Squirrel truck
An industrious little squirrel has been filling almost every available space in this truck to store its walnuts — it’s favorite spot for abut eight years.
Bill Fischer/Zenger

American red squirrels are small but mighty — about 12 inches long with sharp, curved claws — and they can do some major damage.

The animal’s ingenuity forces Fischer to spend hours removing the walnuts from various nooks and crannies in his truck in what has become a yearly nuisance.

“I have been dealing with the red squirrel since 2013. This has now become a sort of ritual, with it filling my truck with nuts and me trying to remove them.”

Nearly every part of the truck has been stuffed with walnuts. The squirrel has even made its way into the hood and hidden nuts all around the engine. It also managed to get into the front bumper, wheel well and parts of the doors.

348 pounds of nuts in truck
Bill Fischer’s truck was filled with 348 pounds of nuts this year by a red squirrel. The truck is clearly the animal’s preferred storage area, as it has been using it for eight years.
Bill Fischer/Zenger

Fischer said he does not see the squirrel until the walnuts on the tree above his parked truck begin to ripen.

American red squirrels often feed on the seeds and cones of evergreen trees, and sometimes bird eggs, berries and fruit, according to the National Wildlife Federation. This squirrel has a thing for walnuts.

Video shows the squirrel eyeing the truck from the top of the walnut tree.

“The most I had ever pulled was four buckets, so with seven buckets this year, the squirrel was on a mission,” Fischer said.

However, Fischer’s good nature has worn thin. He has taken steps to end the squirrel’s obsession with using his truck as a storage facility.

Storage for Squirrel
The red squirrel makes use of even hard-to-reach spaces in Bill Fischer’s truck.
Bill Fischer/Zenger

In the past, he sprayed the car with a tabasco sauce and cayenne pepper mixture. That was somewhat effective until this year, he said, when the squirrel seemed to be attracted to the scent.

“I have to have a sense of humor about this after so many years,” he said.

“I put in as much hard work as the squirrel when I have to take my truck apart just to remove bucket after bucket of walnuts!”

This story was provided to Newsweek by Zenger News.

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